We all dream of flawless skin, but in reality many of us struggle with conditions such as acne, acne scars, sunspots, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, and most recently—maskne. There are countless online tips for how to get spotless skin, but let’s explore what is the most effective.
Full Coverage Makeup
Let’s first discuss your most rapid solution which is makeup that provides truly full coverage. This may include utilizing concealer sticks on areas with scarring, a primer to help smooth and even out skin tone, a foundation, and powder. Yes, your skin will still have its imperfections, but makeup can boost your confidence while you repair your skin.
Look for all-day wear formulas and formulas with light-reflecting particles that provide the illusion of flawless skin. It’s essential to find a foundation color that is a perfect match, so consider going to a makeup counter for professional guidance. Be mindful that your skin may be a few shades darker in the summer so you may need to adjust your foundation color for 3 or 4 months of the year.
If full coverage isn’t your preference, you can minimize scarring and spots with a tinted moisturizer layered under a powder or setting spray that contains light-reflecting particles.
Daily Salicylic Acid
Don’t let the word “acid” deter you, as salicylic acid is gentle. It’s an organic compound that helps our skin naturally shed dead cells. This is vital for accelerating the rate at which scarring, spots, and hyperpigmentation fade. Salicylic acid also decreases redness and inflammation, which often accompany many of the conditions that leave your skin with spots.
For example, the inflammation of acne and maskne. The less inflamed your skin, the less the irritation is likely to leave a scar. If scarring does occur it should be smaller and lighter with daily salicylic acid keeping inflammation to a minimum. We suggest using the MBK Lotion Toner. It contains salicylic acid and will restore your skin's pH balance.
Exfoliation With Microdermabrasion
While salicylic acid helps your skin to self-exfoliate, our modern lifestyles and individual skin conditions create the need for additional exfoliation. Also, our skin’s ability to self-exfoliate slows as we age.
Everything from oil, sweat, skin care products, and makeup can clog our pores. When our pores are clogged they cannot properly self-exfoliate. This will slow the rate at which your skin naturally heals and repairs and will leave your pores appearing enlarged. We suggest seeing an esthetician or using an at-home microdermabrasion for bi-weekly exfoliation.
Microdermabrasion was once reserved for spa estheticians, but Methode Brigitte Kettner has developed a handheld and wireless Microdermabrasion Unit. It’s a preferred tool for estheticians, but it’s also safe to use at home. Choose the interchangeable diamond tip designed for your individual skin care needs. Use no more than once a week to even out skin tone and texture, fade spots and scarring, increase blood flow, and stimulate the natural production of collagen for smooth and radiant skin. Also, use a granular or Gentle Chemical Exfoliator 1 or 2 times a week, with at least a full day in-between exfoliating treatments.
See how easy it is to use in the video below!
It will take time for your spots to fade, but the appearance of your skin will begin to look better within the first month!